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December 15, 2014
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Virologist aims to advance science of predicting outbreaks
Virologist Nathan Wolfe says that the emerging zoonotic diseases do not surface as isolated events, but rather they occur in a pattern and can be predicted if researchers are looking in the right places. Wolfe is working to develop tools that will do just that. He says diseases emerging from animals will continue to "blindside us until we have systematic approaches to catching them early and stopping them before they spread." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/12)
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Ga. science teacher neuters cats during class, local officials say
Two cats were neutered without anesthesia or analgesia during a science class at a Georgia high school, authorities say. The teacher, Daniel Hebert, is not a veterinarian. He faces two counts of animal cruelty and was suspended by the school board with a pending resignation. The cats apparently survived the procedure. Dale's Pet World blog (12/13)
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Zoo news: Dolphin calf born; white rhino dies
On Friday, the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago welcomed a bottlenose dolphin calf that appears to be healthy. The first 30 days are crucial, and another calf recently died just minutes after it was born. Meanwhile, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park marked a sad event Sunday when Angalifu, one of only six northern white rhinos in the world, died from age-related problems. Although semen and other tissue samples from Angalifu have been preserved, experts concede it will be difficult to save the northern white rhino from extinction. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/14), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (12/15)
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Canine Acute Emesis: Stressful and Exhausting
Endoscopic footage of a physically stressful vomiting event in real time reveals the occurrence of stomach contractions so strong that part of the stomach wall prolapses into the esophagus. Learn about prevention.
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Dogs to shield vulnerable species from danger
The eastern barred bandicoot is extinct in the wild, but an Australian zoo hopes to establish a wild population by releasing some captive bandicoots along with specially trained canine protectors. The zoo is raising money to train Maremma livestock guardian dogs to live with the bandicoots and protect them from predators. The breed is already successfully living with and protecting penguins. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (12/14)
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Unbelievable stories of lost animals returning home
Lost pets have a better chance of being reunited with their families if they are microchipped, but some pets beat the odds and find their way home on their own. This story chronicles a few such cases, including a Siberian husky who traversed two mountain ranges and a desert to get home and a cat who trekked 200 miles along the Florida coast to be reunited with her owners. Mashable (12/14)
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Why you should get a line of credit when times are good
Getting a line of credit or loan when things are going smoothly can help you stay in business when an emergency strikes, writes Ami Kassar, founder of "The truth is it's easier to secure a loan or a line of credit when you don't need one rather than wait until the situation is dire," he writes. Otherwise, you might end up paying high interest rates for a short-term loan. Entrepreneur online (12/13)
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Horse recovering after joint fusion surgeries
Veterinarian Michael Schoonover, a professor of surgery at Oklahoma State University, helped give an abused horse a second chance when he fused the animal's knee and fetlock joint. The horse, named Spirit, was rescued from an abusive situation in which his leg was intentionally broken and never treated. The cost of owning and caring for a horse is roughly $1,825 annually, not including veterinary or hoof care, according to AVMA spokeswoman Dr. Kimberly May. Surgery like Spirit's can substantially push up the cost of horse ownership, Dr. Schoonover said. Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas) (12/11)
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Proposed resolutions and bylaws amendments available
The AVMA House of Delegates will take action on two proposed bylaws amendments and six proposed resolutions at its Winter Session, which will be held during the Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago in January. AVMA members are encouraged to provide input on these proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions, and now is the time to be heard by your House of Delegates representatives. Don't know who your representatives are? You can easily find out by going to the My AVMA Leaders link in the Member Center area of the AVMA website. Visit the AVMA@Work blog to view the proposed amendments and resolutions and learn more.
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